chandelier

[ shan-dl-eer ]
/ ˌʃæn dlˈɪər /

noun

a decorative, sometimes ornate, light fixture suspended from a ceiling, usually having branched supports for a number of lights.

Origin of chandelier

1655–65; < French: literally, something that holds candles; see chandler
Related formschan·de·liered, adjective
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chandelier

/ (ˌʃændɪˈlɪə) /

noun

an ornamental hanging light with branches and holders for several candles or bulbs

Word Origin for chandelier

C17: from French: candleholder, from Latin candelabrum
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Word Origin and History for chandelier

chandelier


n.

late 14c., chaundeler "candlestick, chandelier," from Old French chandelier (n.1), 12c., earlier chandelabre "candlestick, candelabrum" (10c.), from Latin candelabrum, from candela "candle" (see candle). Re-spelled mid-18c. in French fashion; during 17c. the French spelling referred to a military device.

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